At South Shore Academy we value the input of all of our community and welcome your contribution as parents and carers in helping inform our next steps.
The Ofsted Report in March 2017 was very positive about the strengths of the school. We have produced an Action Plan which breaks down over five terms what we hope to achieve. This is available for you to read in its entirety at the bottom of this page and will be updated on a regular basis. I have outlined a few of the key areas of improvement below and also set out how you can contribute to the progress of the Academy over the course of the next two years.
Key Target Areas
Improve Student Attendance & Punctuality to School
Improve attendance at the Academy from the current position of 90.16% to 94.5% by April 2018.
The figure of 94.5% is the national average figure for all schools in England and Wales. It is essential that as parents and carers, you ensure that your child attends school on a regular basis.
How can you help?
If you have any issues in relation to your child’s attendance, please contact the South Shore Academy Attendance Team on 01253 336500. We will do all we can to assist you. Please also note that we will be hosting a number of parental and student events for those of you experiencing difficulty in ensuring your child attends school regularly and on time.
Ensure that behaviour at South Shore Academy is good
Whilst at South Shore Academy, it is our job to ensure that your child has access to the best teaching and support possible. For staff to deliver this however, it is necessary that standards of good behaviour are consistently high. The vast majority of our young people are respectful and eager to learn. For the minority who experience difficulty in managing their behaviour we have introduced a number of alternative provisions and pathways which are designed to help meet their needs whilst not adversely affecting the learning of other students. These provisions include a unit called Impact and a variety of small groups and one:one and work placement programmes.
What can you do?
Again, it is essential that you work with us in partnership to ensure that we meet the needs of all of our young people. If your child is exhibiting challenging behaviours then your support is essential in enforcing any agreed packages of provisions. Mrs Jones oversees our inclusion provision, and is always available to discuss any concerns you may have.
Improve the quality of Teaching and Learning
Since our last Ofsted inspection, South Shore Academy has worked hard to recruit the best staff and to raise standards. We have refined our data tracking systems in order that they are more accurate and amended our school day to maximise learning time whilst ensuring a good. We have also ensured that the curriculum offered to students is as extensive and balanced as possible and that students make informed choices. To ensure that they can study chosen subjects for longer, we have extended KS4. Year 9 students currently undertake a foundation skills year in preparation for their GCSE studies.
How can you help?
Throughout the course of the year, we will be running sessions for parents/carers wanting to help their child with work at home. We already have an ICT group for adults in the community, some of whom are parents wishing to improve their own basic technology skills.
As Year 11 students in particular are approaching the onset of their end of year formal examinations, please ensure that your child attends all of the intervention sessions after school and those planned for February half term and Easter 2018.
Improve the quality of Leadership of all levels
The Governing Body and Bright Futures Educational Trust are committed to improving leadership in the Academy at all levels.
This team is successfully improving teaching, learning and assessment as acknowledged in the recent Local Authority monitoring visit, the Bright Futures Educational Trust subject reviews, Challenge Partners review, Pupil Premium review and Review of Governance. All suggested ways forward have been incorporated into the Academy’s Action Plan.
What can you do?
Your views as parents and carers are also valued by the Governing Body and by the Bright Futures Educational Trust. As a result, we have a number of ways in which you can communicate with any of us.
Firstly, a member of the Governing Body will be present at all Parents’ evenings. They will happily answer any of your questions and take on board suggestions.
Parent/Carer view is sought at each Parents’ Evening and any event that the Academy hosts. When attending an event, you will be asked to complete a survey which is voluntary. Equally, on our website we have provided a link to Parent View, the Ofsted facility open to you.
Blackpool Challenge Parental Engagement Initiative
As part of our involvement in the Blackpool Challenge, your views will be sought over time in relation to a number of initiatives all of which will be intended to improve the educational outcomes for your young people.